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    News bites – 29 September 2021

    Maldives guests await Michael Canitrot and the Marshmallowist in 2021 and 2022

    DJ Michael Canitrot. Image courtesy of the Intercontinental Maldives

    To celebrate the 75th anniversary of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort has unveiled a series of bespoke guest experiences throughout 2021 and 2022. On December 16 – 18, 2021, the resort will welcome renowned French DJ and Producer, Michael Canitrot to light up the night as he plays a series of live sets at some of the most breathtaking venues at the resort.

    From Paris to LA, Amsterdam to Brazil and Tokyo, Michael Canitrot has been DJ’ing in some of the biggest clubs in the world, hosted high-fashion events for Dior, Chanel and Cartier and took over the world’s most famous red carpet – the Festival de Cannes – playing live to a global audience for over 10 years. This year, Canitrot together with UNESCO, the French government, the national media and several major partners, have been turning heritage venues in France into moving art pieces. Aptly named the ‘Monumental Tour’, French President Emmanuel Macron credited Canitrot for his innovative and visionary mind of using historical French landmarks to showcase his art through sound, light and projection mapping technology, for a good cause – funds raised are being channelled to the ongoing maintenance of these landmarks. Legendary venues being lighted up throughout 2021, include The Whale Lighthouse, the world-renowned Mont Saint-Michel, the Automobile International Museum – the largest automobile museum in the world and home to 450 vintage cars including the rarest and most valuable and Pierrefonds Castle.

    InterContinental Maldives Aerial View. Image courtesy of the Intercontinental Maldives

    December 16th, 2021
    Michael Canitrot’s sunset session begins with a backdrop of ocean views from the Sunset Bar decks. Sip on signature ‘ice balls’ infused with indigenous flavours from the Maldives curated by Canitrot and the Island Mixologist in honour of InterContinental’s 75th Anniversary.

    December 17th, 2021
    The second night sees The Lighthouse as the towering backdrop as Canitrot lights up the night sky with mixes from his renowned Monumental Tour and his single, ‘Falling’ – accompanied by live traditional Maldivian Bodu Beru drumming, for the first time.

    December 18th, 2021
    On the third day Canitrot will bring The Collective to life, at a lazy afternoon poolside session. The Collective is a bustling hub for guests to wander through The Deli, which serves freshly squeezed juices, pastries and healthy wraps or visit the wood-fired oven at the Pizzeria or savour an array of homemade gelato at the Gelato Bar.

    Michael Canitrot will curate an exclusive Spotify Playlist accessible to guests staying at the resort. From a ‘Sunrise Walk on the Beach’ playlist to an ‘Afternoon Splash Chillout’ playlist and an ‘Evening Sundown Glow’ playlist, your ears will be buzzing while your body is humming at the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort.

    InterContinental Maldives Aerial View. Image courtesy of the Intercontinental Maldives

    In early March 2022, The Marshmallowist – the UK’s first artisanal producer of gourmet marshmallows using premium ingredients of whole fresh fruits, organic herbs & spices and boutique alcohol will arrive in the Maldives. Hailed by The Observer as, ‘the best marshmallows in town’ and as quoted in The Economist as, ‘they make Mr Wonka’s floral ambitions look feeble,’ guests at the resort will be in for a week-long sweet treat.

    InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is an exclusive destination getaway offering a unique opportunity for those looking to unwind and reconnect in an enviable island setting where exclusive privileges go hand in hand with the personal touch of our signature service at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ first and only all-Club InterContinental resort. Located in the Raa Atoll; 35 minutes by seaplane from the Velana International Airport, InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is an award winning island escape offering beach, lagoon and overwater accommodation, curated dining and wellness experiences, an extensive kids club along with a myriad of recreational adventures for families and couples alike.

    How much can a Yogi bear?

    Billabong Retreat Yoga Room. Image courtesy of Billabong Retreat

    Not long now for everyone to begin recharging as hard lockdowns begin to ease in New South Wales. Yoga gurus and beginners should consider one of these five serene retreats to recuperate.

    Heart and Soul Retreats, Otford
    Nestled in the hills bordering the Royal National Park, just a one-hour drive south of central Sydney, Heart and Soul Retreats offers flexibility with room nights. They have a daily program (two yoga classes, a wellness workshop, and an evening activity), and three vegan meals included in their price. A day pass includes everything but a room. During your stay, explore the expanses of the national park, hike across sea cliffs, and swim at local beaches.

    Happy Buddha Retreats, Wentworth Falls
    In the Blue Mountains, Happy Buddha Retreats is a yoga and mindfulness experience located in  Wentworth Falls, a 90-minute drive west from Sydney. The all-inclusive retreat offers a range of two-night programs with vegetarian meals and twin-share accommodation, but you can also upgrade to have your own room. The core retreat program, named ‘Inner Joy’, features yoga and inspiring workshops designed to nourish the mind and body and ignite the spirit, with plenty of free time built in to laze by the pool, soak up the bush setting, and find your inner joy.

    A class enjoying Yoga in the fresh air. Image courtesy of Destination NSW

    Swami’s Yoga Retreat, Sydney
    Situated on 24 hectares of bushland and only an hour’s drive northwest from the centre of Sydney, Swami’s Yoga Retreat in Kenthurst offers a range of yoga and wellness classes in its all-inclusive daily program inspired by yoga expert Swami Sarasvati. Yoga classes are suited for all levels, and guests can set their own pace with plenty of time to enjoy the retreat’s facilities, including a tennis court, pool, gym, spa and sauna. Homemade vegetarian meals and herbal tea are provided throughout the day and the retreat is happy to provide recipes for dishes so you can continue your wellness journey at home. Book for as many nights as you like, with massage treatments available as an added extra.

    Billabong Retreat, Hawkesbury
    Discover inner wellness, increase your energy levels and improve your body’s balance with a stay at Billabong Retreat in the Hawkesbury region. Billabong Retreat runs a variety of programs, including the three-night Yoga Essentials Retreat that runs every four weeks. This retreat features workshops that explore how yoga practices and philosophy offer a path to freedom, plus twice-daily yoga classes and meditation sessions every other day. With a range of treehouses and deluxe cabins overlooking a beautiful billabong to bed down in, unwinding here is easy.

    Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains. Image courtesy of Destination NSW

    Gaia Retreat and Spa, Brooklet
    Tucked up in the Byron Bay hinterland near Newrybar on the far North Coast, Gaia Retreat and Spa is a place to refocus, rebalance and restore your mind and body. Co-founded by Australian icon Olivia Newton-John, Gaia offers retreats from two days and up, which include stylish accommodation, gourmet organic meals, daily wellness activities including morning yoga and treatments at its lush spa, with private additional wellness services also available. Be sure to visit the spectacular Samira Yoga Lookout offering breathtaking views from the Pacific Ocean to the Nightcap Range.


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